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The Artist's Way Monthly Meetup Guide: Workshop - Week 1

Online guide for The Artist's Way Monthly Meetup, a continuation of the six-week The Artist's Way Workshop at the Palisades Free Library.

Weeks 1 & 2 of The Artist's Way

Week 1: Recovering a Sense of Safety

This week initiates your creative recovery. You may feel both giddy and defiant, hopeful and skeptical. The readings tasks, and exercises aim at allowing you to establish a sense of safety, which will enable you to explore your creativity with less fear.

Page 25. Cameron, Julia (1992). The Artist's Way Workbook. New York: Penguin.

Week 2: Recovering a Sense of Identity

This week addresses self-definition as a major component of creative recovery. You may find yourself drawing new boundaries and staking out new territories as your personal needs, desires, and interests announce themselves. The essays and tools are aimed at moving you into your personal identity, a self-defined you.

Page 41. Cameron, Julia (1992). The Artist's Way Workbook. New York: Penguin.

Basic Principles

Basic Principles

  1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
  2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life -- including ourselves.
  3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator's creativity within us and our lives.
  4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
  5. Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
  6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
  7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.
  8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle though powerful changes are to be expected.
  9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
  10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.

Cameron, Julia (1992). The Artist's Way Workbook. New York: Penguin.

Basic Tool One: Morning Pages

Morning Pages

  • Three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness.
  • There is no wrong way to do the morning pages.
  • The morning pages are the primary tool of creative recovery.
  • Morning pages are non-negotiable.
  • Do anything until you have filled three pages.
  • Do not reread these pages or allow anyone else to read them.

Cameron, Julia (1992). The Artist's Way Workbook. New York: Penguin.

Basic Tool Two: The Artist's Date

The Artist's Date

  • An artist's date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist.
  • You do not take anyone on the artist's date.

Cameron, Julia (1992). The Artist's Way Workbook. New York: Penguin.

Tasks for Next Meeting:

  • Morning Pages

    • Three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness, every day.
  • Artist Date

    • One block of time, especially set aside to nurture your creative consciousness.
  • Creative Affirmations

    • Create a list of positive affirmations. Use your affirmations after your morning pages.